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Jul 11, 2019 13:22:21   #
tinusbum wrote:
killing my mimosa tree,really tiny
and a robberfly that landed where i was shooting


Sadly, you are right about killing the tree.
The fungus will clog the paths for water in the tree. Eventually the flow of nutrition and transpiration stops. The tree dies, making it better for the beetles.
Cut and if possible, burn. Or in the trash or away in another way, or the beetles will spread.
Bill
 
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Jul 11, 2019 11:44:30   #
napabob wrote:
is the puddle leftover bug juice?

I give it an 8.5........toes pointed....on entry

nice robber!!




Juice likely a fungus exudate.
This is the blue color of
the wood infested with these.
The parents carry spores that grow in the wood to feed larva.The one you shot may be starting a brood.
The starter hole stocked with a bit of fungus and eggs laid and hole plugged.
And life goes on.
Bill
Jul 9, 2019 18:48:25   #
[quote=sippyjug104]I was staging another of the insects that Bill had given me for my focus stacking ventures and as I was panning the subject looking for its face I found this tiny mite on a narrow part of it front leg.

I thought that it would make an interesting session so I focused on it with the 10X microscope objective and produced this image of it. You can see the size of the leg hairs as a way to gauge its size. I could not see it with my eyes alone and when I looked at it with a 4-power magnifying glass all I could see was what appeared to be a spot on the leg.

By far, this is the smallest specimen that I have captured an image of.[/quote

Beautiful. Would you like a 2x convertor, then you get 20x Whew.
Bill
Jul 9, 2019 15:22:52   #
Muddyvalley wrote:
I just received Garrison's Damselfly Genera of the New World & and am anxiously awaiting Dragonfly Genera of the New World. These sure go where my Oregon & West Coast field guides don't. I see I'm going to have to keep the net handy because I rarely can get all the photos needed of any one specimen for a proper ID. My best guess for now, or correctly from an expert.


A bit different with dragonflies. You can see parts what you net them.
I have Paulson's Dragonflies and Damselflies of E. US. Just takes me forever.
Enjoy the day.
Bill
Jul 9, 2019 14:32:37   #
Muddyvalley wrote:
I have a long list of photos on there. I doubt they could do any better than Bill. The photo is not good enough. It would end up in the frass pile.
Bill is right. It is an Ichneumon wasp. I had never seen a male before & the lack of that long ovipositor threw me.


Thanks for the compliments.
Been at this 50 or so years. Mostly beetles.
One cannot ID An insect successfully one regular basis.
A few pages from one of my BASIC entomology text show the critical details.
Enjoy the lesson. No test upcoming.
Bill


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Jul 9, 2019 09:23:29   #
John_F wrote:
Found on Speaking of Language.


There is a mushroom named Herecium erinaceus. The Bearded Hedgehog.
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Jul 8, 2019 22:00:39   #
Muddyvalley wrote:
That's great! Thanks Bill.


Looking deeper, possibility of Ophion sp.
If so, 100's, and all look similar.
Goodnight.
Bill
Jul 8, 2019 21:54:16   #
Family Ichneumonidae. A male(?).
As far as I can go.
Huge family.
Bill
Jul 8, 2019 20:40:32   #
napabob wrote:
seems I've seen this one here before??????


From what I can find, this is rare. Two US records. Oregon and Kentucky.
It is related to Black Widows and House spiders.
Bill
Jul 8, 2019 12:20:32   #
StanMac wrote:
In the first photo, the rails look like they have a curvature (bend) in them. Are they bent or is that lens distortion?

Stan


Lens distortion.
Bill
Jul 7, 2019 16:23:03   #
tinusbum wrote:
you can never see it all,every year i find new things


If you put a small pot of soil with a good sized branch on newspaper(catch stray turds) the cat will concentrate on eating and rarely leave. A fresh branch before the other is gone and cat will keep feeding.
Wher ready to pupate, put in a box of sphagnum peat.
Good luck.
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Jul 7, 2019 14:52:24   #
napabob wrote:
seems I've seen this one here before??????


If possible, includ closeup of eye patterns.
The quickest way to Family.
Bill
Jul 7, 2019 14:44:17   #
sippyjug104 wrote:
Bill, thanks ever so much. I truly hope that I am able to do your specimens justice and provide views of them to everyone who views that are seldom seen otherwise.


I have been finding specimens and prepping for shipping. The chance of me stacking is slim.
I enjoy the collecting and field too much.
Most every thing is common, many were found dead.
This way many more get to see the variety of forms of small beauties, I had typed beasties,
but beauties fits, too.

Plus a chance to practice altruism.
Hope all enjoy them.
Bill
Jul 7, 2019 13:36:11   #
jerryc41 wrote:
That's quite a system. Congratulations. I remember bellows being popular in the 1970s.


They work. They are much smoother than the focus rails today. Another use of the larger one.
When in use I get close, then the vernier gives me the ability to move the specimen in .01 mm incriments.
Bill
Jul 7, 2019 13:28:12   #
DIRTY HARRY wrote:
Like all the photos; however, not sure the window air conditioner add to the ambiance of the one photo.


She may be cooling off.
Bill
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